THE FORGOTTEN HEIRITAGE
Why study, read and learn about Church history? Jude wrote that we are to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. We think that because we have the Bible there is no danger that we could stray from the truth of God’s word. How wrong we would be and history proves it. The letters written to the seven churches in Asia (Rev. 2-3) makes it evident that false doctrine had crept in and even corrupted many of there churches before the end of the 1st century.
By the middle of the third century (250AD) the Lord’s churches had fully separated themselves from their brethren who were not following the doctrine of Christ having establishing their own traditions and practices that were not Biblical. By the middle of the 4th century (350AD) these churches had departed from the faith entirely and were married to the state of Rome, that blasphemous and whorish beast that soon became the Holy Roman Catholic Church we know today.
The Lord’s churches had obtained their names from their principle men and the locations they were found. They were first known as Christian (Acts 11:26), and later, Novatians, Donatist, Waldenses, Albigenses, Paterines, Mennonites (not the modern day Menonites), Cathari, ana-baptist and Baptist. All these, though known by different names and living in different ages, all preached faithfully the doctrines of Christ, and accounted by all honest historians as the only church that has kept pure the doctrine of the Apostles, for “*no danger nor any torture could make them deny or dissemble their doctrine which they believed inculcated in the Sacred Scripture.” (*The Western Baptist Review, Vol. IV, Jan. 1845 No.5 found in The History of The Christian Church, Jones, Vol. 1, pg.P38, 1983 reprint by Church History Research and Archives)
The purpose of this page is to give the reader a peek into our Faith, history and persecutions over the last 2000 years.
Pastor David R Hethorn